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It's the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see.
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Simplify your life. Don't waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don't burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don't destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!
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Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.
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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined...
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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
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Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
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be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.
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What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
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All good things are wild, and free. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
All good things are wild, and free.
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The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover it was never fish that you were after.
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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
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That government is best which governs least. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
That government is best which governs least.
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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.
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As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
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The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost.
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In wildness is the preservation of the world. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
In wildness is the preservation of the world.
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I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him. None of his institutions control or pervade her. There a different kind of right prevails. In her midst I can be glad with an entire gladness. If this world were all man, I could not stretch myself, I should lose all hope. He is constraint, she is freedom to me. He makes me wish for another world. She makes me content with this.
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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
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There is no remedy for love but to love more. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
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I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
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To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.
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Perfect sincerity and transparency make a great part of beauty, as in dewdrops, lakes, and diamonds.
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Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
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Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
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Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
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When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.
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Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
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An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
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If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
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Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.
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If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.
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There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
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Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
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Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
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It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.
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When we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
When we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.
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Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
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Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.
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Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound. By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty. There seem to be two sides of this world, presented us at different times, as we see things in growth or dissolution, in life or death. And seen with the eye of the poet, as God sees them, all things are alive and beautiful.
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The devil finds work for idle hands. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
The devil finds work for idle hands.
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All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong.
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Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
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Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way.
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Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent.
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Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.
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The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.
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I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.
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It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
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The bluebird carries the sky on his back. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
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Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
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Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
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The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures.
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It is not worth while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
It is not worth while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.
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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
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I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
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Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
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The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in mind. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in mind.
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The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
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But men labor under a mistake. The better part of the man is soon plowed into the soil for compost. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
But men labor under a mistake. The better part of the man is soon plowed into the soil for compost.
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As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
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I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
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I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
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In 1848, Thoreau went to jail for refusing, as a protest against the Mexican war, to pay his poll tax. When RW Emerson came to bail him out, Emerson said, 'Henry, what are you doing in there?' Thoreau quietly replied, 'Ralph, what are you doing out there?'
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If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
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I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
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What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
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The story of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a wolf is not a meaningless fable. The founders of every State which has risen to eminence have drawn their nourishment and vigor from a similar wild source. It was because the children of the Empire were not suckled by the wolf that they were conquered and displaced by the children of the Northern forests who were.
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Time is like a handful of sand - the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Time is like a handful of sand - the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.
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All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority.
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The better part of the man is soon ploughed into the soil for compost. By a seeming fate, commonly called necessity, they are employed, as it says in an old book, laying up treasures which moth and rust will corrupt and thieves break through and steal. It is a fool's life, as they will find when they get to the end of it, if not before.
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Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. - Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
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